Mercedes S-Class: I Am Your Father
The biggest Benz of all started out less like a saloon, more like a big red bus…
Posted: 21 Mar 2013
This 220 marked Mercedes' post-war regeneration and the company's return to luxury automobile manufacturing. And of course, some tech. In this series, which soon bore the ‘S' designation that would define it, you got crumple zones both front and rear - the first time such things had been used on a production car - a padded steering wheel, wedge-pin door locks, disc brakes and a dual-circuit braking system.
The 220 a, 220 S and 220 SE even featured "increased spaciousness" thanks to that ‘ponton' shape, an automated clutch, manually controlled fuel injection and even separate heaters for both driver and passenger. The unbridled luxury!